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11 Zhixuan Liu (CHN)
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Young China trounce Jordan

TEHRAN (FIBA Asia Challenge 2016) – China may be young, but they showed that they could hang with their more experienced foes after beating Jordan at the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016, 94-76, in Tehran, Iran. China consequently, rose to the top of Group A.

Turning Point: China and Jordan battled in a close game during the first quarter, but the Chinese turned up the heat in the second period. Jordan was outscored, 31-9, in the second quarter as China broke the contest open and cruised to the victory.

Stats Don't Lie: Three-point shooting was key here as the Chinese connected on 10 of their 21 three-point attempts. On the other hand, Jordan struggled with their perimeter shooting, making just three of their twenty attempts from beyond the arc.

Game Hero: Yuan Shai waxed hot in this game. The 1.95m forward from Liaoning drained 5 three-pointers en route to scoring 19 points. His outside shooting set the tone for China, and it really made life very tough for Jordan’s defense to adjust.

The Bottom Line: Given their size, depth, and experience, Jordan shouldn’t have lost by this much to the upstart Chinese, but that’s exactly what happened. Coach Sam Daghlas was visibly displeased by what he saw, and they to recover tomorrow against Kazakhstan. China, meanwhile, got a very good start to their tournament, and if they continue to shoot this well from long range, it’ll buoy their chances of finishing on the podium.